September 19th, 2012
07:37 AM ET

French diplomatic missions, schools closed in 20 countries, Foreign Ministry says

French embassies and schools will be closed in about 20 countries Friday as a security precaution, French Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday, after the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo published cartoons apparently depicting the Muslim Prophet Mohammed.

Magazine director Stephane Charbonnier said his staff is "not really fueling the fire," but rather using its freedom of expression "to comment (on) the news in a satirical way."

"It happens that the news this week is Mohammed and this lousy film, so we are drawing cartoons about this subject," Charbonnier told CNN affiliate BFM-TV on Wednesday. "It's more turning in derision this grotesque film than to make fun of Mohammed."

The "lousy film" he's referring to is "Innocence of Muslims," an amateurish, 14-minute video that mocks the Prophet Mohammed as a womanizer, child molester and killer. The video drew international attention last week and spawned heated protests in more than a dozen countries.

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  1. Akim

    Very easy and cheap way to get famous and vote of ignorant now-a-days: Islam-phobia.

    September 19, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Ejswjsjs

      There is a problem in the middle east, there is a problem in Africa, it's not going to improve if ignored, it will simply lead to the immigration of their poor into Europe and the united states, bringing with them extremists, I do not, in my lifetime, want to see London, Paris, Vienna, or Rome, overrun with terrorists, Europe is where my ancestors came from, the united states is my home, I want to see to it the safety of both

      September 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anne

    I remember a film that mocked or made fun of many Christain religions. Dogma was well acted but violence, riots and death did not come
    From the movie. I question the mentality of those involved.

    September 19, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      O.K @Anne

      Let a non Hindu make a film vulgarizing and reviling one of their deities and see how Hindus in India react. Or Let a non-Budhdist produce a similiar film depicting Budhdha and see how Budhdhists react in Thailand ? Or Sikhs if Guru Nanak Singh is so reviled?
      Or let someone try making a film ridiculing oand denying the Holocaust ? Freedom of Speech
      The point is that no one but no one has the right to deliberately and by design ridicule or revile another's faith. If some do not react to their faith or figures revered by them because they do not take them seriously it doesn't mean that the same goes for other faiths.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
      I remember it, and I didn't feel the need to protest and riot, being as it was a MOVIE and I'm bright enough not to take away anything from a movie that would resemble reality in any way...especially with Alanis Morrisette portraying God and all...

      September 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Say WHAT !!! you obviously are not an American. Or you skipped your history lessons. EVERY AMERICAN has a right to FREE SPEECH, whether ignorant, grotesque, ridicule or reviled. Yes, we also have a right to protest – PEACEFULLY. The difference here is that many million of Muslim worldwide are ignorant and pawns of there mullahs and/or political agenda.

      September 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • ImWEBSPY

      Your wrong I lite a tire on fire, smoked a joint and danced till it started to rain!

      September 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. butch

    There is no phobia. No one is afraid of you cowards who send women and children to blow themselves up. We'd simply like to see you all removed from the ecosystem. It's only a matter of time.

    September 19, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • free101

      Start the idea of DE-recognition of this religion just we did with Nazis. There is no end to this until we remove them from this earth

      September 19, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      @butch @ free 101

      Sure. We the descendants of some angelic species only can claim this planet. Our WMDS, warships,missiles, stealths, drones and such give us that guarantee. That we can make wars, invade and occupy and kill at will has amply demonstrated that. We have set new parameters of bravery and courage by showcasing our ability to kill and destroy at the push of a button sitting thousands of miles away.
      Indeed its only a matter of time when we can eliminate 1.2 billion plus people and annihilate the countries they inhabit. The 11th year of longest running war in our history against a handful that do not represent these 1.2 plus billion people proves what you are saying.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • ImWEBSPY

      I think of those freaks the way I think of you nut jobs!

      September 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. musings

    Hm. Closing that many embassies just because someone has done this cartoon? Or is it because of a pending war?

    September 19, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • volsocal

      France starting a war? Yeah.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Farah

    Al Qaeda is winning. The non extremist sunni, the moderates, are either ideologically supportive of the salafist goals or silent, which means there is no opposition. The non sunni minorities – shiite, coptic christian – are being persecuted and ethnically cleansed. What is 0bama's strategy? He won't even call it a war against radical Islam. You can kill leadership with drones, but new ones take their place and the salafist ideology expands, and Al Qaeda expands while America cowers behind political correctness, or worse, discourages exercise of rights we once were told were inalienable God given rights, like freedom of speech and expression.

    September 19, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    The GREATEST IRONY is NOT only are the western countries EXPECTED to provide asylum & dole to Muslims oppressed in MUSLIM COUNTRIES themselves, BUT once in, Western nations need to protect their OWN CITIZENS against these marauding Muslims everytime their beliefs are hurt by somone's actions IN ANY CORNER OF THE WORLD!!!!!


    September 19, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • free101

      1000000000% correct.

      September 19, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Darwin

    Hey muslims, you say we shouldn't blame all muslims for the actions of a few. How about you don't blame all Americans for the acts of very few?

    September 19, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      VERY true.

      September 19, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • JAndhaaz

      Stop Making Sense.. Both parties need to calm down. Most of the GOP commenters in this forum are starting to scare me, they sound like they're going to be the next Nazi's by saying things like "cleanse the ecosystem of muslims" and muslims need to stop killing random people because of the stupidity of a few....Actually...Everyone needs to stop killing people (Thats right Christians do it too) and take a deep breath..

      September 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      hi @Darwin
      yes the right question to ask.
      Let us see now. These demonstrations are at their most intense where our military presence or occupation for years sees simmering anti-American sentiment or our interference in their affairs has created resentment. And forces politically motivated and with their own agenda are exploiting the situation.
      Its not that 1.2 billion plus muslims on the planet have taken up arms against us Americans. Its still a minority.
      A very enlightening article by that respected journalist Robert Wright in the Atlantic yesterday " Hidden causes of muslim protest' is worth a read.

      September 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Peacenik

    The religious leaders get their Saudi Money and indoctrination. The least literate and most violent are normally the leaders in Muslim society. Their job is to keep Jihad alive in Friday sermons everywhere. That is the problem. Being a Muslim is a 24×7 job. How else can you earn 72 virgins? Muslims have vandalized and destroyed every Church, Synagogue and Temple which is stood their way and they continue to do it .They destroyed peaceful communities for no reason. Or was it because that Barbarian Mohammad ordained it? Convert Or thou shalt be killed.If you quit Islam you will be killed. What a fool proof way to spread the religion!

    September 19, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Notsoex Treme

    Perhaps we could flood the media with "insults" satire of the prophet. Then the Islamists could either self combust or become desensitized to the entire non-issue of the satire. THen even better they could see that there religion is as silly as the next.

    September 19, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sagebrush Shorty

    Vive La France!

    September 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liberty

      Long live the French and the great empire!

      September 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ronvan

    WATCH OUT! By muslims and their religion, WE all are the INFIDELS and need to be wiped off the face of the earth!
    They do not ask for understanding or consideration, they DEMAND it! IF they don't get it then their answer is to kill those involved! WHY are the MANY, so called, good muslims, remaining totally quiet, while the FEW radicals, through their acts of killing, men, women, children, even their OWN people, are representing their religion? MAYBE it is time for all us Infidels to declare some Fatwah's & Jihad on them!!

    September 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ImWEBSPY

    This is an image of the Prophet Mohammed

    =<, now go forth and throw acid on women and children and kill, kill, kill to show Prophet Mohammed is great!!!

    Truthfully every country and every person should YouTube and draw so those acid throwing dirt monkeys kill one another, They no more talk for Muslims or Islam then the KKK talk for me!

    People that use religion to fuel their bigotry of women and children and their desire to kill need to be brought out in to the light of day!

    September 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ImWEBSPY

      A riot just broke out in Germany, a man was tagging a wall under a bridge, a picture of a bearded guy with bling. He was approached by two man and they asked "is that Prophet Mohammed"? He told 2 men that it was not The Prophet Mohammed.

      Just to be on the safe side in case it may resemble The Prophet Mohammed, the men went and threw acid on women and children to show Prophet Mohammed is great.

      This is as silly as the film...Its not about the film its about killing Americans where ever and when ever, in fact a lot of the protesters were paid to protest and they were protesting 11 hours befor the film was uploded. I also came across hundreds of Muslim children holding up sign America is great and the freaks don't speak for me!!!

      September 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. James

    The world today just isn't sitting right. I hate to say it, but chances are another war will arise, likely involving Europe. Though, it's not like the more extremist Muslims who riot and cause damage to France England and Germany haven't been asking for it

    September 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hey

    It's to bad the west Is afraid of showing its power, even when ultra nationalist Muslims run around and stab people in Europe flipping cars. We live in a world of pacifists

    September 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
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